BARSTOW • It's not that the Barstow High School baseball team worked any less hard than any other game on Friday.
No, in fact the Aztecs attest that's been a hard work plus game-at-time formula that's helped them to the top of the Desert Sky League standings.
They just made Friday's 8-1 win against Burroughs look easy.
The Aztecs (11-3; 5-1 DSL) completed the game in under two hours, starter Aaron Sanchez pitched his first complete game of the season and Aztecs coach Bruce Mitchell said it was the most complete game the Aztecs have played so far.
"This is the best game we've played all year," Mitchell said. "We put everything together today — pitching, hitting and defense."
The win helped Barstow keep its lead in first place of the DSL. With six league games remaining, the Aztecs lead Victor Valley (4-2 DSL) by one game and Silverado (3-3 DSL) by two games.
The only moment of tension came in the fifth inning. Sanchez walked the first batter he faced, hit the next one and Ron Douglas hit an RBI single to break the shutout.
Sanchez walked to the back of the mound, breathed deep a few times and then returned to get Javier Ledford to pop up and then strike out the last two batters, No 1. and 2 hitters Kyle Hirsch and George Eckhert, to end the inning.
"We worked our way out of it really nice," Mitchell said.
Sanchez completed the game throwing only about 85 pitches.
"I was trying to keep my pitch count lower than it has been," Sanchez said. "I've been having to get taken out for that. Today, I did a good job of doing that."
Barstow jumped ahead early when Sanchez hit a two-run home run in the first inning. It was Sanchez second homer in back-to-back games against the Burros this week.
By the second inning the Burros had learned their lesson. With two outs and two runners on base, Burroughs intentionally walked Sanchez.
"I don't know," said Sanchez when asked if he is surprised teams are still pitching to him. "If I walk, I walk. If I get a hit, I get a hit. If I get out, I get out. I'm trying to stay focused at the plate."
The move didn't work out for the Burroughs. Thomas McCarty was hit for the second straight at bat, brining in a run. Aaron Abeita furthered the Aztecs cause with a single through the infield.
Abeita finished the game 3-for-4. Jaccob Muir reached base during each at bat, going 2-for-2 with two walks and three stolen bases.
The Aztecs begin a two-game series against Silverado on Wednesday at home. Barstow beat the Hawks 19-11 on April 1.
Burroughs 000 010 0 — 1 3 1
Barstow 230 102 0 — 8 9 0
Depue, Lindahl (5) and Hucks; Sanchez and Negrette. WP — Sanchez. LP — Negrette. HR — Sanchez.
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